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Peter Ainsworth
15 July 2016
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The “Australian-style” points system that the Leave campaign was advocating during the EU referendum debate might provide more control over immigration than the EU’s open borders....
Philip Booth
4 July 2016
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This article is based on a presentation by Prof Booth at the Benedictus Forum, June 2016.   I have been asked to talk about whether government policy should affect the curriculum. The short...
Kristian Niemietz
1 July 2016
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The US TV series ‘Breaking Bad’ is about a middle-aged high school teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with lung cancer, and who is unable to afford the treatment his doctor...
Len Shackleton
22 June 2016
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Three main policy drives – on research, teaching quality and the promotion of social mobility – mean that in recent years, state influence over English universities has grown sharply...
Len Shackleton
18 May 2016
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The Department of Business Innovation and Skills, which in a sensible world probably wouldn’t be responsible for our universities, has firmed up its earlier proposals and is now pushing ahead...
Gabriel Sahlgren
9 May 2016
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In the past decades, an increasing number of governments have pursued reforms to increase choice, competition and autonomy in education. Research indicates that these reforms have generally had...
Kristian Niemietz
22 February 2016
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The US TV series ‘Breaking Bad’ is about a middle-aged high school teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with lung cancer, and who is unable to afford the treatment his doctor...
Kevin Currie-Knight and Steven Horwitz
18 February 2016
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“College students are not customers. That analogy needs to die. It needs to be drowned in the world’s largest bathtub. It needs a George R.R. Martin–esque bloodbath of a...
James Knight
29 January 2016
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There used to be a cap to ensure universities had a limited number of students achieving grades AAB or higher at A-level. When the cap was lifted a few years ago, some higher education commentators...
Daran Sarma
22 January 2016
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British governments regularly make changes to school education with little warning or thinking through the consequences for schools: this is damaging and counterproductive. But it is the inevitable...
Kristian Niemietz
13 January 2016
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The NHS funding crisis The NHS is ‘at breaking point’, ‘starved of resources’, ‘on the verge of collapse’, overstretched, underfunded, and everybody knows it....
Ryan Bourne
7 December 2015
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This article was first published by CapX. When the Commonwealth Fund ranked the UK first for healthcare among developed countries last year, left-wing commentators waxed lyrical about our socialised...
Kristian Niemietz
4 December 2015
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Every 14 July, France commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which kick-started the French Revolution. ‘Bastille Day’ is not just a bank holiday. It is part of France’s national...
Kristian Niemietz
23 November 2015
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According to the Commonwealth Fund, the NHS is the best healthcare system in the world. But according to the OECD, it is one of the worst. Who is right? Is the NHS failing, or is it just underfunded...
Kristian Niemietz
20 November 2015
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What is the future of the NHS? As part of our Paragon Initiative, the IEA hosted a panel discussion to look at: The NHS’ ability to adapt to an ageing population with different health needs...
Peter Ainsworth
10 November 2015
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You don’t have to be a Marxist to believe in historical materialism. The idea that changes in the economic environment drive institutional change is hardly revolutionary. Just as the invention...
Philip Booth
4 November 2015
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From 4th to 7th October 2015, the IEA co-hosted the Think Tent event series at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. The IEA’s Philip Booth took part in a panel entitled Should the...
Len Shackleton
22 October 2015
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The recent decision by Isle of Wight magistrates to throw out the case against Mr Jon Platt, who took his daughter to Disney World during term time, has cast into doubt the hardline policy on school...
Kristian Niemietz
19 October 2015
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At the 2015 Battle of Ideas festival, held at the Barbican Centre, the IEA’s Kristian Niemietz represented the ‘No’ side in the panel session 'The NHS: Still Worth...
Erik Lidström
15 October 2015
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Debates on education reform are usually based on a number of unstated assumptions. One is that we already "know" what education is and what it could be. Another is that some appointed...